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August 11th, 2017

Hill Rag Capitol Hill Garden Contest 2017

Photograph Submissions Accepted Until August 18

Think your garden is the best on the block?

The Hill Rag would like to recognize the hard work of our neighborhood gardeners whose efforts add so much to the beauty of our streetscapes and the enjoyment of our backyards.

Send us your best photos and short descriptions including focal plantings, use of space, special features and the name of landscape designer if other than yourself. Winners and runners-up will be featured in the September 2017 Hill Rag.

Entries will be judged on design, functionality and total visual effect.

Man Arrested in Southeast on Charges of Threats to Do Bodily Harm

Crime Blotter: August 10

At 1:02 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Threats to Do Bodily Harm.

At 1:37 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the Unit block of Independence Avenue SE on charges of Threats to Kidnap or Injure a Person.

At 3:20 p.m. Thursday, there was a robbery on the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE.

At 8:05 p.m. Thursday, a woman was arrested on the 400 block of M Street SE on charges of Vandalizing, Damaging, Destroying or Taking Property of a Government Official.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 10, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

Old Bank, New Faces

CEO Richard Anderson Grows the Portfolio and Team at the National Capital Bank

Richard ‘Randy’ Anderson has been President and CEO of the National Capitol Bank (NCB) at 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE for a little more than a year now. He’s a personable man with an easy smile, and no wonder. Business publications report that 2016 was a turnaround year for NCB, and Anderson fully intends to continue the growth in the future.

Sitting behind his desk in his wood-paneled office in the District’s oldest bank, Anderson readily talks about getting to know Capitol Hill, the bank, and all the things he would still love to learn.

August 10th

Your Kid Needs Help, But Who You Gonna Call?

There is a lot of help available for kids today who are facing social or academic issues. Some of it is good, even life-changing; but some of it is ineffective, or worse.

Parents want the best for their children, but don’t want to overreact. When should a parent seek help for their child, where can they get it, and how should they choose?

Capitol Hill learning specialist Colleen Buchanan, who has helped hundreds of children overcome academic obstacles, urges parents to not be afraid to take action.

Paul Rivas is the director of Smith Rivas Study Skills & Academic Coaching ( and can be reached at 202-615-7791 or His new monthly study skills enrichment group at Hill Center for 9th-11th graders, Capitol Hill ACES (Academic Coaching for Empowered Students), is almost full for 2017-18.

UPDATED: Police Investigate Shooting Thursday at Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street SE

Police Say No Victim Found Thursday Afternoon

UPDATE: Representatives for MPD say that earlier information provided indicating that a victim was found in a black Nissan turns out to be in error. Shots were apparently fired, but no victim has been found.

"It looks like when officers responded they didn’t find a victim.  This shooting has been recategorized to a call for the sounds of gunshots."

Finding a School that Better Supports Your Student

I have spent over 30 years as an educator and administrator in traditional private schools, serving diverse communities of students and families. With dedicated faculty and extensive resources, these and many other schools do their best to help each and every student find and pursue their unique vision for success. 

Lee Palmer is the Head of School at Blyth-Templeton Academy, an experiential micro school located on Capitol Hill. She has worked in education for over 30 years at schools such as Sidwell Friends, Trinity NYC, and Bryn Mawr. She can be reached at

Man Arrested for Robbery in Southeast

Crime Blotter: August 9

August 9 was a quiet night on the Hill.

At 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Robbery.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 9, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

‘Beat the Heat’ with Eastern Market Main Street on August 18

Free Event Features Lawn Games, Face Painting and More

On Friday August 18, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) will host ‘Beat the Heat,’ a free event at Seward Square (Pennsylvania Avenue and North Carolina Avenue SE). With lawn games, crafts, face painting, and more, there will be a little something for everyone. Bring kids for an afternoon of games, round up the whole family and bring an evening picnic, or stop by with friends after work.